News and Events


New Book Coming in 2018

I’m pleased to announce that my manuscript for my fourth full-length collection of poetry, Full Worm Moon, has been accepted for publication by Cascade Books in its Poiema Poetry Series. It is an honor to be included in this series again and a joy to work with editor Don Martin once more. The book is due out in time for the Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin College in April.

You can read some of the poems that’ll appear in Full Worm Moon on my books and links pages.

New Poems

I’m pleased to say that new poems have just appeared or will appear soon in New Ohio Review, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Windhover. These and other poems will be included in Full Worm Moon.

Moreover, my poetry now appears in several new anthologies. “Requiem for the Liberal Arts” is included in How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching, edited by Kathleen M. Quinlan (Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford, UK). My poems “Clifton Gorge,” “The Grass Grows Ordinary,” “Remember Blessing,” and “The Painted Lady and the Thistle,” all in Particular Scandals, also appear in The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry, edited by D.S. Martin (Wipf & Stock). My poems “This is the landscape left” and “Following the Light” were published in A Rustling and Waking Within: Poems Inspired by the Arts in Ohio, edited by Sharon Mooney (OPA). In addition, “Clifton Gorge,” “Prufrock in My Backyard,” “The Poet Performs in the Theatre of Cows,” and “Recovery” appear in From the Tower: Poetry in Honor of Conrad Balliet, edited by Steve Broidy (Main Street Rag Publishing Company). And “Voice” will be reprinted in By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide, being edited by Gayle Brandeis and Ruth Nolan.


Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio Released
In May of 2015, Ohio University Press published editor Neil Carpathios’ book, Every River on Earth, which includes poems, essays, and stories by southern Ohio writers. Two of my poems, “The Poet Performs in the Theatre of Cows” and “A Clear Path,” are included in this book.


Particular Scandals a Must-Read Book of 2014 listed Particular Scandals as one of ten must-read books by Dayton, Ohio authors. It was the only book of poetry to make the list.


Festival of Faith & Writing, Calvin College, April 12-14, 2018

I will present on a panel at the Festival of Faith & Writing with fellow poets Anya Silver, Tania Runyan, and Barbara Crooker. Our panel presentation is titled, “Surprised by Joy,” and will address how we poets write about joy in the midst of sorrow and suffering.

If you’re interested in having me read at your school, library, café, arts centre, or event, please feel free to inquire using the contact page on this website.


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